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2004 Olympic Games Athens - Men's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Athina, Greece Format: Top three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 27, 2004  
Date Finished: August 28, 2004  
(Competitors 68; Countries: 16; Finalists: 32/8)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Overview by IAAF    2004-athens-stadium.jpg
The USA won their heat in 2:59.30, which featured an anchor of 44.14 by Darold Williamson. They were more than two seconds faster than any other team. The final was not as close; the US won by the biggest margin in Olympic history – 4.69 – exceeding the 1948 gap of 4.4. With all three medalists from the individual event, this margin was no great surprise. Individual bronze winner Harris began the US assault with 44.5, and was followed by Britain’s Tim Benjamin (45.3), closely chased by Germany, Nigeria and Japan. Derrick Brew then ran 43.6, and the US lead was extended to 2.55, as none of the other second leg runners was able to duck below 45.0. College teammates Wariner and Williamson then ran in the order followed by Baylor University, with Wariner clocked in 43.89, and Williamson 43.83. On the anchor leg Hill sprung from a four-way battle to claim an unexpected silver for Australia while Udo-Obong again anchored Nigeria to a medal.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Having swept the medals in the 400 metre event, the 4x400 relay gold medals was conceded to the United States. Otis Harris led off for the US in the final and gave them a lead they never relinquished. All four US runners posted the fastest times for their respective legs, and the margin of victory was the biggest ever for the event – 4.69 seconds. In a close finish for the other medals, Australia outlasted Nigeria to win the silver medal, with Japan and Great Britain within a metre of the bronze medal at the end. The Australian anchor runner, Clinton Hill, later commented, “If the US dropped the baton, we still wouldn’t have caught them.”
 

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  United States (USA)
Jerome Young
Antonio Pettigrew
Tyree Washington
Michael Johnson
2:54.20 Uniondale, United States 22 July 1998
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Andrew Valmon
Michael Johnson
Quincy Watts
Steve Lewis
2:55.74 Barcelona, Spain 8 August 1992

No new records were set during the competition.

Qualification

The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. A National Olympic Committee (NOC) could enter one qualified relay team per relay event, with a maximum of six athletes. For this event, an NOC would be invited to participate with a relay team if the average of the team's two best times, obtained in IAAF-sanctioned meetings or tournaments, would be among the best sixteen, at the end of this period.
 
        Results        

The men's 4×400 metres relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program was held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 27 to 28. The sixteen teams competed in a two-heat qualifying round in which the first three teams from each heat, together with the next two fastest teams, were given a place in the final race.

The American dominance in this relay event had become increasingly clear, having swept the medals in the 400 metres five days earlier. From an explosive start in the final, Otis Harris led off for the U.S. team and gave them a relentless lead over the rest of the field throughout the race. With no other team aiming to chase the Americans on the home stretch, the foursome of Harris, Derrick Brew, Olympic 400 metres champion Jeremy Wariner, and Darold Williamson stormed away to an effortless triumph in a time of 2:55.91, nearly five seconds ahead of the silver-winning Aussie squad. Meanwhile, the Nigerians stayed much closer with Japan and Great Britain on the final bend, until they outlasted the rivals in a desperately tight finish for the bronze.

The victory also helped the Americans compensate for the surprising runner-up finish of their team in the earlier sprint relay.
28 AUG 2004 General News The win by the US men in a near

Men's 4x400m Final

Olympic record 2:55.91 was exciting only insofar as watching the clock was concerned. 

With yesterday’s disqualification of the Jamaican quartet, the only viable challenger had disappeared, and the Yanks’ win had a victory margin of almost five seconds, the largest in Olympic history. 

Still, the Americans only know one way of running, and that is fast.  Having all three medal winners from last Monday’s 400m competition available for duty also helps.

After 400m silver medallist Otis Harris opened with a 44.6, the senior member of the quartet, bronze winner Derrick Brew, sped around the stadium in 43.6.

Then came a 43.9 contribution by the 400m Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner.  It was certainly a déjà-vu situation for Wariner, as he passed to his Baylor University teammate Darold Williamson for the umpteenth time this season.

Williamson responded with a 43.8 as the Americans won the event for the sixteenth time out of the twenty-one times the relay has been contested.

“All we were worried about tonight was getting the stick around,” said Wariner.  “That was our main focus.  We did that, and we all ran our hearts out.  It’s been a great experience.” 

The team’s only regret might have been the 0.17 seconds which separated them from an Olympic record. 

Meanwhile, far, far behind the US team, an exciting battle was unfolding for the other two medals.

In the middle of the final curve, Australia’s Clinton Hill moved strongly to the lead, and his early-week virus attack notwithstanding, he carried his advantage into the finish for a 3:00.60 and the silver medal.

“We had a team discussion this morning and discussed strategy,” Hill said.  “We knew that with the Jamaicans out, the silver and bronze were up for grabs. Tonight, everyone gave 120% and we can’t ask for more than that,”

Behind Hill came a mad scramble among the teams from Great Britain, Japan and Nigeria.  Only in the final metres did Enefiok Udo Obong of Nigeria edge in front to capture the bronze in 3:00.90, as the last-ditch efforts of Japan (3:00.99) and the British team (3:01.07) went for naught. 

Said one member of the Nigerian team in the post-event press conference, “Bronze for us, in Nigeria, is as good as the gold.” 

4 x 400 m Men     Final 28 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 2.55.91     Otis Harris, Derrick Brew, Jeremy Wariner 43.98, Darold Williamson 43.83 United States USA    
2 3.00.60     John Steffensen 46.12, Mark Ormrod 44.76, Pat Dwyer 45.11, Clinton Hill 44.61 Australia AUS    
3 3.00.90     Godday James, Musa Audu, Saul Welgopwa 44.84, Enefiok Udo-Obong 45.23 Nigeria NGR    
4 3.00.99     Yuki Yamaguchi, Jun Osakada, Tomohiro Ito 45.01, Mitsuhiro Sato 45.33 Japan JPN    
5 3.01.07     Tim Benjamin, Sean Baldock, Malachi Davis 45.14, Matthew Elias 45.21 Great Britain GBR    
6 3.01.88     Nathaniel McKinney, Aaron Cleare, Andrae Williams 45.81, Chris Brown 44.66 Bahamas BAH    
7 3.02.22     Ingo Schultz, Kamghe Gaba, Ruwen Faller 45.83, Bastian Swillims 45.13 Germany GER    
8 3.02.49     Johnson Kubisa, California Molefe, Gaolisela Salang 46.37, Kagiso Kilego 44.93 Botswana BOT    
27 AUG 2004 General News

Men's 4x400m - Semi-Finals

To no one’s great surprise, the United States presented the fastest qualifying time with a 2:59.30 performance, even while resting its top two runners.  The time was more than two seconds faster than Nigeria’s 3:01.60 and the 3:01.74 of Bahamas. 

Opening runner Kelly Willie appeared to hold a slight lead over Nigeria’s James Godday at the first handoff, and as the remaining runners moved to the curb in the backstretch of the second leg, Poland (Piotr Klimczak) and Spain (David Canal) suddenly appeared in positions close behind.

Andrew Rock kept the Americans in good position on the third carry, as Nigeria’s top 400 runner of the year, Saul Weigopwa, held second without a challenge until Nathaniel McKinney of the Bahamas bore down on him at the end of the lap to pull almost even. 

Darold Williamson finished the job for the US team, as Enefiok Udo Obong was able to hold off the fast finish of Bahamian Chris Brown to preserve second for the Nigerians.

Although the deep US roster boasted six runners with season times under 45 seconds, it is a sextet relatively lacking in international experience. The three runners not involved in last Monday’s 400m final were especially affected. 

As Kelly Willie remarked afterwards, “I’ve never competed in front of such a crowd, but I think I handled this very well. The experience of the Olympics is incredible, and running around in front of a crowd like this is magic.” 

Andrew Rock concurred.  “All of us were getting rather fidgety at the Village, sitting around wondering if the day of the relay heats would ever come.  It was a great experience for me personally.” 

The first heat was won by the team from Great Britain in a season-best 3:02.40, despite the absence of Daniel Caines from the quartet. 

It was a wire-to-wire victory for the team of Tim Benjamin, Sean Baldock, Malachi Davis and Matthew Elias as a tenacious Japanese team stayed close over the final two carries for a 3:02.71 clocking.

Germany elected to use reigning European champion Ingo Schultz on the opening carry, and the strategy worked.  Thanks to a strong finish by Bastian Swillims, the Germans advanced with a third-place 3:02.77.

Jamaica looked out of sorts throughout the first three stages, but on the final carry, a splendid run by Davian Clarke brought the team to an apparent third, only to have it negated by a later disqualification.

The two teams advancing on time, Australia (3:03.06) and Botswana (3:03.32), came from the first heat.

4 x 400 m Men     Heat 1 27 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.02.40   Q Tim Benjamin, Sean Baldock, Malachi Davis, Matthew Elias Great Britain GBR    
2 3.02.71   Q Yuki Yamaguchi, Jun Osakada, Tomohiro Ito, Mitsuhiro Sato Japan JPN    
3 3.02.77   Q Ingo Schultz, Kamghe Gaba, Ruwen Faller, Bastian Swillims Germany GER    
4 3.03.06   Q John Steffensen, Clinton Hill, Pat Dwyer, Mark Ormrod Australia AUS    
5 3.03.32   Q Oganeditse Moseki, Johnson Kubisa, California Molefe, Kagiso Kilego Botswana BOT    
6 3.04.27     Stilianós Dimótsios, Anastásios Goúsis, Panayiótis Sarrís, Periklís Iakovákis Greece GRE    
7 3.04.39     Ahmed Douhou, Ibrahima Wade, Abderahim El Haouzy, Leslie Djhone France FRA    
  DQ     Michael Campbell, Michael Blackwood, Jermaine Gonzales, Davian Clarke Jamaica JAM    
4 x 400 m Men     Heat 2 27 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 2.59.30   Q Kelly Willie, Derrick Brew, Andrew Rock, Darold Williamson United States USA    
2 3.01.60   Q Godday James, Musa Audu, Saul Welgopwa, Enefiok Udo-Obong Nigeria NGR    
3 3.01.74   Q Andrae Williams, Dennis Darling, Nathaniel McKinney, Chris Brown Bahamas BAH    
4 3.03.35     Aleksandr Larin, Andrey Rudnitskiy, Oleg Mishukov, Ruslan Mashchenko Russia RUS    
5 3.03.69     Piotr Rysiukiewicz, Piotr Klimczak, Marcin Marciniszyn, Marek Plawgo Poland POL    
6 3.04.01     Volodymyr Demchenko, Yevheniy Zyukov, Myhaylo Knysh, Andriy Tverdostup Ukraine UKR    
7 3.05.03     Eduardo Iván Rodríguez, David Canal, Luis Flores, Antonio Manuel Reina Spain ESP    
  DNF     Marcus la Grange, Hendrick Mokganyetsi, Ockert Cilliers, Arnaud Malherbe South Africa RSA    
 
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Results

Round 1

Qualification rule: The first three teams in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall (q) moved on to the final.

Heat 1

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 6 Great Britain Timothy Benjamin, Sean Baldock, Malachi Davis, Matthew Elias 3:02.40 Q, SB
2 5 Japan Yuki Yamaguchi, Jun Osakada, Tomohiro Ito, Mitsuhiro Sato 3:02.71 Q
3 2 Germany Ingo Schultz, Kamghe Gaba, Ruwen Faller, Bastian Swillims 3:02.77 Q
4 8 Australia John Steffensen, Clinton Hill, Patrick Dwyer, Mark Ormrod 3:03.06 q
5 1 Botswana Oganeditse Moseki, Johnson Kubisa, California Molefe, Kagiso Kilego 3:03.32 q, SB
6 7 Greece Stilianos Dimotsios, Anastasios Gousis, Panagiotis Sarris, Periklis Iakovakis 3:04.27 SB
7 4 France Ahmed Douhou, Ibrahima Wade, Abderrahim El Haouzy, Leslie Djhone 3:04.39  
  3 Jamaica Michael Campbell, Michael Blackwood, Jermaine Gonzales, Davian Clarke DSQ  

Heat 2

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 6 United States Kelly Willie, Derrick Brew, Andrew Rock, Darold Williamson 2:59.30 Q
2 3 Nigeria James Godday, Musa Audu, Saul Weigopwa, Enefiok Udo-Obong 3:01.60 Q, SB
3 2 Bahamas Andrae Williams, Dennis Darling, Nathaniel McKinney, Christopher Brown 3:01.74 Q, SB
4 5 Russia Aleksandr Larin, Andrey Rudnitskiy, Oleg Mishukov, Ruslan Mashchenko 3:03.35  
5 8 Poland Piotr Rysiukiewicz, Piotr Klimczak, Marcin Marciniszyn, Marek Plawgo 3:03.69  
6 4 Ukraine Volodymyr Demchenko, Yevgeniy Zyukov, Myhaylo Knysh, Andriy Tverdostup 3:04.01  
7 7 Spain Eduardo Iván Rodríguez, David Canal, Luis Flores, Antonio Manuel Reina 3:05.03 SB
  1 South Africa Marcus La Grange, Hendrick Mokganyetsi, Ockert Cilliers, Arnaud Malherbe DNF  

Final

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1st 4 United States Otis Harris, Derrick Brew, Jeremy Wariner, Darold Williamson 2:55.91 SB
2nd 1 Australia John Steffensen, Mark Ormrod, Patrick Dwyer, Clinton Hill 3:00.60 SB
3rd 3 Nigeria James Godday, Musa Audu, Saul Weigopwa, Enefiok Udo-Obong 3:00.90 SB
4 6 Japan Yuki Yamaguchi, Jun Osakada, Tomohiro Ito, Mitsuhiro Sato 3:00.99 SB
5 5 Great Britain Timothy Benjamin, Sean Baldock, Malachi Davis, Matthew Elias 3:01.07 SB
6 7 Bahamas Nathaniel McKinney, Aaron Cleare, Andrae Williams, Christopher Brown 3:01.88  
7 8 Germany Ingo Schultz, Kamghe Gaba, Ruwen Faller, Bastian Swillims 3:02.22  
8 2 Botswana Johnson Kubisa, California Molefe, Gaolesiela Salang, Kagiso Kilego 3:02.49 SB

 

 

 

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